MIND/BODY CONNECTION

Get Happy

Becky Holman

According to Robert Ellis, Ph.D., author of How to Make Yourself Happy and Remarkably Less Disturbable, “There is really nothing wrong with dissatisfaction. It spurs us on to improve our lives. The problem occurs when we become defeated by our dissatisfaction. Sadly, that happens all too often, usually due to irrational and demanding beliefs.”

The point is, keep striving to improve your physique in the gym. Just because you don’t resemble the pros with their genetic superiority (and pharmaceutical helpers) doesn’t mean you’re a failure. That’s an irrational belief. You can be dissatisfied, but channel that emotion into your workouts, not into your attitude outside the gym.


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Ode to the Squat

Dale Clark

Ode to the Squat

Down the road, in a gym far away

A young man was heard to say,

“No matter what I do, my legs won’t grow!”

He tried leg extensions, leg curls, leg presses too.

Trying to cheat, these sissy workouts he’d do!

From the corner of the gym where the big guys train,

Through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain,

Site to Be Seen

Clark Bartram

Site to Be Seen

I’ve been writing this column for some time now, and it’s become very apparent to me that there are hundreds of qualified potential fitness models out there who have yet to be seen by the right people.

Many of you have sent me amazing photos, asked me some wonderful questions and expressed a burning desire to connect with people who can help you succeed.

Clean Fuel

Becky Holman

Clean Fuel

Feeling tired and lethargic during your workouts? Maybe it’s your gym. Is it cluttered, overcrowded or just plain messy? A mess can stress you out, and clutter distracts the mind, making it difficult to concentrate. If you train at home, organize your home gym. If you train in a commercial gym, talk to the owner about shaping up the place—or find a better-organized gym.             

Workouts for Life

John Balik

Workouts for Life

This morning I was talking with a friend about training. He was an outstanding competitive bodybuilder 30-plus years ago and has never stopped training. The subject turned to how our workouts have evolved. Why was the process so deeply satisfying? What made it a lifetime addiction?

We discussed the connection between effort and reward. At our stage we train for the pleasure that the process gives us. The physical dividend of strength and muscle is secondary to the exhilaration of the process itself.

Possunt Quia Posse Videntur

John Balik








Possunt Quia Posse Videntur

I haven’t studied Latin since high school, but when I ran across the four words of the above title during a Web search, I remembered them and their meaning—a kernel of truth so powerful, it’s the foundation for all accomplishment: “They can because they think they can.” Without that phrase and the emotional/intellectual connection it represents there is no progress—no muscle growth, no strength increases, no personal growth.